A legitimately bootleg market

BOOTLEG or counterfeit, whichever angle you view this argument, in my eyes both of the above scream ‘cheap, fake, knock-off’. What I’m saying is, they’re not real. Bootleg culture has been present for years.

It stems from an evermore expensive industry, littered with even more exclusive collaborations and releases, week-in, week-out. Consumers can’t keep up, it’s a relentless rally, wave-after-wave-after wave. It’s the consumers that opt for cheaper alternatives — a naturally maternal instinct of scrimping and saving for the 12 months prior to a holiday, that, on a wider scale is the situation. Continue reading “A legitimately bootleg market”

These shoes were made for walking, but that’s not what they’ll do

COLLECTING, hoarding, accumulation or investing — whatever your preference may be, there’s no ignoring the presence niche markets hold in our. Whether it be age-old comics or original movie scripts, there’s value in just about everything. However, would you buy sneakers with the sole purpose of leaving them box-fresh, until materials inevitably deteriorate? Continue reading “These shoes were made for walking, but that’s not what they’ll do”

Bailey’s Burberry brightens Fashion Week

FASHION week’s regular centrepiece, Burberry, has announced that their Saturday London show will be dedicated to gays rights campaigns and charities. The show will lay feature to an iconic rainbow, woven seamlessly into the brand’s trademark tartan get-up— a percentage of proceeds will be donated to three large charities. The Albert Kennedy Trust, Trevor Project, and ILGA. Continue reading “Bailey’s Burberry brightens Fashion Week”

Virgil Abloh’s Nike

ON September 14th 2017, I was one of a handful to attend Nike’s “Process of Collaboration” talk within London’s Barbican centre; this was an occasion in which 5 of “The Ten” were released. Guest speakers included both Virgil Abloh and Nate Jobe; Nike’s Senior Design Director, who answered questions towards the end of proceedings on top of signing merchandise. As the event got underway, we were informed 60k had applied alone for this particular ‘workshop’, leaving myself to be one of the lucky number.

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Bare Bones

FASHION, clothing, visual attributes of which can be manipulated to represent or present one’s mental confidence or state at any one time. A subject of great taboo becomes painfully obvious once its delicate shell is peeled back; said shell can be seen as a shield of confidence. Online communities have grown in abundance since 2010; Facebook in particular has allowed the development and progression of such groups as Mental Health Talk UK/EU. Here, those who need advice, a friendly face, or help when worst comes to worst. As awareness and acceptance grows within the public eye, treatment or development of diagnosis has progressed. It is no longer a sign of weakness.

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Crepe City 03/17 Recap, giving the Grails some Air-time…

YET another Crepe City event has been and gone, however, what made this event differ to those in the past? Well, Nike’s Air Max retro session over the last month or so gave a very different image to proceedings.

This weekend we bare witness to the 30th year anniversary of Air Max, a brainchild that revolutionised the sneaker world once a certain Tinker Hatfield decided to make the unit visible, incorporated within his sleek Air Max 87 runner. Mr Hatfield’s influence stemmed from architecture, after all, it was on this basis that he graduated, followed by Nike employment in 1981. Visible Air was a result of Paris’ Centre Pompidou, where all the ‘guts’ are on show. As a concept, seeing beneath a sneaker’s shell was far from normality; but it happened. 1987, two years after Tinker’s switch to sneaker design we saw this trademark silhouette debut.

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